Sardinia (English: Sardinia, Italian: Sardegna) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe), located between Spain, France and Italy. Sardinia forms an autonomous region of Italy. The capital of Sardinia is Cagliari. A number of large cities in Sardinia are: Sassari, Nuoro, Olbia and Oristano. See baglib for types of travel in Europe.
Sardinia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. This can still be seen through various monuments. Over the years, many different cultures have left their mark on the island. Sardinia is also known for its impressive nature. There are approximately 9 national parks. The coastline is an alternation between rocks, sandy beaches, pebble beaches and bays. Around Sardinia are many rocky islands that are mostly uninhabited. The water around the island is very clear in color and is ideal for many water sports, of which diving is the best example. There are underwater caves, shipwrecks and many colorful coral reefs. The inland is ideal for walkers.
Where is Sardinia?
Travel information of Sardinia
Official name: Sardinia
Area: 24,090 km²
Country code: IT, ITA
Population: 1,663,859 inhabitants (2013)
Government: Autonomous region of Italy
Highest point: 1,834 m (Monti del Gennargentu)
Distance (Amsterdam – Cagliari): 1,495 km
Flight time: approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Sardinia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Sardinia, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Sardinia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Sardinia?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Sardinia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Sardinia has a subtropical climate. In the summer months, temperatures are around 30 degrees with peaks of 40 degrees in the higher parts. During the winter months, temperatures drop to around 8 degrees. In the mountains, temperatures can drop below freezing during the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Sardinia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Sardinia can be found at Climate info.
May, June and September are the best months to travel to Sardinia. In these months you have the most pleasant temperatures and you also avoid mass tourism.
Italian is the official language in Sardinia. In addition, Sardinian (Sardinian) is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Italian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Italy: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Italian Embassy in the Netherlands: amblaja.esteri.it.
Italian consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Sardinia.
Money and Currency
In Sardinia, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Sardinia can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Sardinia are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +2% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (8% cheaper), food (4% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% cheaper), cigarettes (16% cheaper) and public transport (42% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Sardinia it is not customary to tip, but it is appreciated. If there is no service charge on the receipt yet and the service is good, tip approximately 5-10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Sardinia is equal to that in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Sardinia on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Sardinia you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Sardinia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Sardinia.
In Sardinia you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Sardinia can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the chlorine content. This can cause stomach or intestinal complaints.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Sardinia can be found on Google news.
An overview of Sardinian newspapers can be found on Abyznewslinks (under Sardegna).
Websites from Sardinia end in.it.
Sardinia official websites: sardegnaturismo.it and regione.sardegna.it.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Sardinia is 0039 or +39.
(You must leave the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Sardinia? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(You must omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Sardinia Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Sardinia.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Sardinia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Sardinia.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Italy can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Sardinia in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Sardinia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Sardinia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Sardinia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Sardinia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Sardinia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Sardinia? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or to do business with Sardinia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Sardinia, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Sardinia? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Sardinia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers up to 3 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Sardinia was a kingdom between 1324 and 1861?
…Sardinia is visited by more than 10 million tourists every year?
…More than 7,000 prehistoric sites can be found in Sardinia?
…Sardinia is known for the production of Saffron?
…The coastline of Sardinia covers 25% of the whole of Italy?
…Sardinians have the highest life expectancy in the world?